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26th August 2022

World Beer Awards 2022 – Worlds Best announced!

The annual World Beer Awards has revealed the winners in its 2022 competition. There were more than 3,200 beers from more than 50 countries entered into this year’s awards. An international and highly respected judging panel blind tasted and scored the entries across three rounds of judging to identify the best beers in 10 categories.

As the world has been returning to normal, so has the World Beer Awards. After moving online for two years during the Covid-19 pandemic, all tastings for the 2022 competition were held in person again. With heats in Brazil, Chile, Canada, Japan, Germany, the USA, and in the UK for all other entering countries, the awards’ organisers were delighted to welcome back their esteemed judges, some seasoned participants, and some new to the competition.

Adrian Tierney-Jones, Chair of the World Beer Awards, said: “This year the World Beer Awards returned to being judged in person after two years online and I would like to thank the many judges who applied themselves to their tasks with diligence and great professionalism. It was great to see many from around the world. Congratulations naturally go to all the winners whose beers show an exciting snapshot of brewing across the globe today – it is not called the World Beer Awards for nothing and I’m already looking forward to next year’s awards.”

As well as taste quality, design excellence was also judged. With the ever-developing beer industry, the push to get recognised and stand out from the crowd on the shelves has seen some outstanding designs emerging, with a noticeable change to canning.

Listed below are our style winners (the best in the world for each style) and the overall World’s Best in each category.

Note on the awards process – the three stages of judging In each country, category, and style in the first round, normally only one gold, silver and bronze medal are awarded. The gold medal winner then becomes the country winner and moves on to the next round. If there are two gold medal winners, this means their scores were close, however, here as well only the best becomes the country winner. All the titles are score based and winning product has to reach a certain threshold; this is why in some categories you don’t see a country winner or gold, but only a silver or bronze medal. Those do not move forward to the next round. The only exception to the number of medals awarded is if a significant number of products is received in a category, style and country, such as the Lager – Classic Pilsners in Germany. All country winners then compete in round two for the title of World’s Best in their respective style. If successful in the second round, in round three, the World’s Best per style then compete for the title of World’s Best in their respective categories.

Taste Winners

World’s Best

World’s Best Dark Beer

Cap D’Ona Grand Cru Brune

World’s Best Flavoured Beer

Thornbridge Necessary Evil Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

World’s Best IPA

Camba Black Shark

World’s Best Lager

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

World’s Best No & Low Alcohol

The Flying Dutchman Freak Kriek Zero Point Three Feel Free Merry Cherry Beer

World’s Best Pale Beer

Vale Brewing Tropic Ale

World’s Best Sour & Wild Beer

Queue De Charrue Vieille Brune

World’s Best Speciality Beer

Indie Alehouse Vine Song 5

World’s Best Stout & Porter

Original Beer Company Memorable Moments Bullrock Stout

World’s Best Wheat Beer

Schützengarten Weizeneisbock

Style Winners

World’s Best Altbier Ltm Sticke Alt, Canada

World’s Best American Style Brown Ale The Crafty Brewing Company American Style Brown Ale, Ireland

World’s Best Dark Beer Barley Wine Cap D’Ona Grand Cru Brune, France

World’s Best Dark Beer Belgian Style Dubbel Cervejaria Wäls Wäls Dubbel, Brazil

World’s Best Dark Beer Belgian Style Strong Frampton Brasse Nuit D’Automne, Canada

World’s Best English Style Brown Ale Iwate Kura Beer Red Ale, Japan

World’s Best Dark Beer Mild Long Man Brewery Old Man, United Kingdom

World’s Best Dark Beer Strong Gouden Carolus Classic, Belgium

World’s Best Flavoured Chocolate & Coffee Monday Night Brewing Tears Of My Enemies, United States

World’s Best Flavoured Stout & Porter Kentucky Maple Barrel Stout Imperial Stout, United States

World’s Best Flavoured Wild & Sour Beer Oftgrider Brewing Project Chill 53 Lychee Sour Beer, Taiwan

World’s Best Flavoured Fruit & Vegetable Belzébuth Pink, France

World’s Best Flavoured Herb & Spice Spring Valley Daydream, Japan

World’s Best Flavoured Honey & Maple Bilboquet Mackroken Flower, Canada

World’s Best Smoke Beer Taiwind Beer Hanabi Beer, Taiwan

World’s Best Spirit Beer Beer Van Brugge Single Malt Whisky Infused 12.4, Belgium

World’s Best Wood Aged Beer Necessary Evil Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, United Kingdom

World’s Best American Style IPA Reuben’s Brews Crikey Ipa, United States

World’s Best Black IPA Camba Black Shark, Germany

World’s Best English Style IPA Eight Degrees Full Irish, Ireland

World’s Best Imperial/Double IPA Phinaert Strong Ipa, France

World’s Best Milkshake IPA/New England IPA Uchu Brewing Mars, Japan

World’s Best Session IPA Chaff IPA, United Kingdom

World’s Best Specialty IPA Cinco Chagas Extra Brut Ipa, Portugal

World’s Best Amber/Dark Kellerbier Savoyards Bs Brune, France

World’s Best Bock Samson 1795 Budejovický Speciál Bock, Czech Republic

World’s Best Classic Pilsener Hirsch Pils, Germany

World’s Best Czech Style Pale Cerveza La Sagra La Sagra Premium Lager, Spain

World’s Best Dark Lager Von Trapp Dunkel, United States

World’s Best Dortmunder Mönchshof Landbier, Germany

World’s Best Helles/Münchner Rye River Brewing Company Bidin’ Time Irish Lager, Ireland

World’s Best Hoppy Pilsener Schwarzbräu Ex & Hop, Germany

World’s Best International Lager Brewdog Lost Lager, United Kingdom

World’s Best Light Lager Altenburger Sommerhell, Germany

World’s Best Seasonal Maibock & Helles Bock Alfa Bier Krachtig Dort, Netherlands

World’s Best Seasonal Oktoberfestbier Greif Bräu Anna Festbier, Germany

World’s Best Strong Lager Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Germany

World’s Best Vienna Eguzki Ambrée, France

World’s Best Zwickl / Pale Kellerbier Ottakringer Zwickl, Austria

World’s Best No & Low Alcohol Flavoured Clausthaler Grapefruit, Germany

World’s Best No & Low Alcohol IPA Campinas Ipa Zero, Brazil

World’s Best No & Low Alcohol Lager Athletic Brewing Co Athletic Lite, United States

World’s Best No & Low Alcohol Pale Heaps Normal Quiet Xpa, Australia

World’s Best No & Low Alcohol Speciality The Flying Dutchman Freak Kriek Zero Point Three

World’s Best No & Low Alcohol Wheat Beer Franziskaner Alcoholfree Wheat Beer, Germany

World’s Best Pale Beer Amber Stannis Red Sönja, Brazil

World’s Best American Style Pale Ale Bad Attitude Kurt, Switzerland

World’s Best Pale Barley Wine Grolsch Krachtig Kanon, Netherlands

World’s Best Pale Belgian Style Ale Leffe Ambrée, Belgium

World’s Best Pale Belgian Style Blonde Demi De Mêlée , Belgium

World’s Best Pale Belgian Style Strong Artmonster Extreme Pride Republic Of Korea

World’s Best Pale Belgian Style Triple Tongerlo Tripel, Belgium

World’s Best Biére De Garde & Saison Noi Diavolo, Brazil

World’s Best Bitter over 5.5% Fox Hat Red Pelt, Australia

World’s Best Bitter up to 4.5% Vale Brewing Tropic Ale, Australia

World’s Best Brazilian Pale Ale Liberty Juicy Pale Ale, Netherlands

World’s Best Cream Ale Wallenpaupack Brewing Paupack Cream Ale, United States

World’s Best English Style Pale Ale Tinnies Pale Ale, Australia

World’s Best Golden Ale Strandgaper Fris Blond, Belgium

World’s Best Kölsch Phillips Brewing & Malting Cold Snap Kolsch, Canada

World’s Best Seasonal Pale Beer Castelain Summer Ale, France

World’s Best Berliner Weisse Indie Alehouse Slings And Arrows, Canada

World’s Best Catharina Sour Cervejaria Unika Catharina Sour – Caju E Pitanga, Brazil

World’s Best Flanders Red Ale Rodenbach Grand Cru, Belgium

World’s Best Framboise Monday Night Brewing Faithful Instruction, United States

World’s Best Fruit Lambic Lindemans Strawberry, Belgium

World’s Best Gose Ritterguts Gose Original Ritterguts Gose, Germany

World’s Best Gueuze Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René, Belgium

World’s Best Kriek Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René, Belgium

World’s Best Oud Bruin Queue De Charrue Vieille Brune /Oud Bruin, Belgium

World’s Best Sour & Wild Ale Microbrasserie Le Trou Du Diable L’Ours, Canada

World’s Best Brut Beer Deus , Belgium

World’s Best Experimental Beer Doppelleu Citra Double Wit, Switzerland

World’s Best Gluten-free Beer Trivergence Dipa, United Kingdom

World’s Best Grape Ale Indie Alehouse Vine Song 5, Canada

World’s Best Heritage beer Microbrasserie Moulin 7 Grisette, Canada

World’s Best Rice Beer Kankiku Brewery Ocean Rice Ale, Japan

World’s Best Rye Beer La Bergère Dorée, France

World’s Best Imperial Stout Original Beer Company Bullrock Stout, Republic Of Korea

World’s Best Milk Stout Cassels Milk Stout, New Zealand

World’s Best Oatmeal Stout Belhaven Scottish Oat Stout, United Kingdom

World’s Best Porter Reuben’s Brews Robust Porter, United States

World’s Best Stout Nasukohgen Nasu Royal Stout, Japan

World’s Best Strong Porter Õllenaut Must Eksport, Estonia

World’s Best Sweet Stout BlackPig Brewing Company O’Piggy, Switzerland

World’s Best American Style Wheat Beer Veldensteiner Mandarina Bavaria, Germany

World’s Best Bavarian Style Hefeweiss Grolsch Puur Weizen, Netherlands

World’s Best Belgian Style Witbier Nepo Blanche Combawa, France

World’s Best Dark Wheat Beer Ayinger Urweisse, Germany

World’s Best Hoppy Wheat Beer Maisel & Friends Jeff’s Bavarian Ale, Germany

World’s Best Kristal Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier, Germany

World’s Best Strong Wheat Beer Schützengarten Weizeneisbock, Switzerland

Presented by the World Beer Awards, the Icons of Beer celebrate all from brew masters and ambassadors to retailers to breweries, honouring those who have worked tirelessly to produce and promote beer. Harnessing more than 20 years’ experience promoting industry greats through our Icons of Whisky we are proud to have the launched the Icons of Beer in 2021, giving recognition to people and places in the industry as well as products.

Brewery of the Year

Pott’s Brauerei GmbH

Highly Commended

Brasserie du Mont Blanc

Micro Brewery of the Year

Indie Alehouse

Brewer of the Year

Sylvain Chiron, Brasserie du Mont Blanc

Campaign Innovator of the Year

Not Another Beer Co Ltd

Sustainable Brewery of the Year

Sas Brasserie Lilloise

Visitor Attraction of the Year

Belhaven Brewery

Bar / Pub Group of the Year

Beer Barn

All medalists and design winners can be found after the announcement as above on For any image requirements, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this release.

Press release from World Beer Awards.

For further information, please contact Anita Ujszaszi, Awards Director, Tel: +44 (0) 1603 633 808 or Email: